Monday, December 30, 2013

"Snow loves the trees and fields"




I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dressember - Fighting Injustice, One Dress at a Time

My sisters and I decided to join DRESSEMBER: a challenge to wear a dress every day for the month of December. 

And to document all the dresses we are wearing, as well as our progress in Dressember, we've started a blog called: 155 Dresses

WHO WE ARE

We are five sisters who are passionate about combating human trafficking. We hope that by wearing a dress every day for the month of December (Dressemeber.net), we can stand out and make a difference: and through making a difference, we can encourage others to stand up against human trafficking and other forms of oppression.

31 days of December + 5 sisters = 155 Dresses

Through the Dressember Challenge, we are trying to raise $500 for IJM ($100 for each sister).



WHAT IS "DRESSEMBER" AND WHY WE ARE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING?

DRESSEMBER: It's a challenge for girls to wear a dress every day for the month of December, to spread awareness about human trafficking and to raise funds for International Justice Mission

How does wearing a dress every day make a difference? Well, in and of itself, it doesn't. However, like tying a string around your finger, like posting a sticky note on your mirror, like writing down a list, it keeps something in the forefront of your mind. 

Every morning, when I look in my closet and inwardly groan at the thought of wearing a dress when the wind is howling around the corners of the house and white snow covers the ground, I am also reminded to be thankful that I am a free woman choosing what I want to wear....who will then drive to work in my car, where I will spend my day as a project manager instead of selling my body to men who affection lasts a moment....who will come home every evening to a warm house and husband who loves me.

And I will remember that justice isn't the norm around the world. That not every woman has a loving family and a caring husband. That not every little girl has a childhood where her innocence is preserved. That not every young teen has a chance to go to school and dream of college. That not every mother rocking her baby to sleep can smile at that child's future.

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are," wrote Benjamin Franklin.

This Christmas, consider donating to IJM. It doesn't have to be a lot....even $5 or $10 helps. And as you sit in front of your Christmas tree, with your family around you, your gifts waiting to be opened, and your dignity and freedom intact, you'll know that a woman somewhere around the world is being given a chance to experience justice, love, and hope this Christmas.


-Written by Bethany


Will you Help end forms of social injustice by DONATING to IJM!

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Sunday, December 8, 2013

GIVEAWAYS - Week 8-12 of Footprints in the Sand's Book Challenge & Giveaway(s) 2013



Well I am sure you are wondering what happened to the rest of the giveaways, huh? Well I've done 7 out of the 12 weeks, and am currently reading my 8th book (out of 12) for my Book Challenge. I stopped posting a weekly giveaway and a post about each book I was reading for the Book Challenge because 1) It was taking a long time to take pictures and write a post every week (especially with finals this and next week), and 2) because I wasn't getting enough people entering my giveaways (which means I can't select a winner. Sad, huh?)

So I decided to post one post with ALL THE GIVEAWAYS for the remaining weeks in it. That way you can enter as many or as little as you want, and they are all in the same place and easily accessible! That also means you'll have MORE TIME to enter and SHARE the giveaways! How does that sound? 

Down below is all 5 of the remaining book giveaways (including 2 books that I wasn't able to give away Week 5 and Week 6)! 



DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY(s):

- You must like Footprints in the Sand on Facebook (if you don't already). And if you already like FS, then that is one AUTOMATIC entry for you for each book entry! 

- I NEED at least 8 people to enter each giveaway in order for me to select the winners, therefore be sure to tell ALL your friends and family about these giveaways!

- You DO NOT have to participate in my Book Challenge in order to enter a giveaway(s).

OTHER ENTRIES INCLUDE:
- Sharing about my giveaway(s) and/or my Book Challenge on your blog
- Following me on Twitter
- Twitting about my giveaway(s) and/or my Book Challenge on Twitter
- Sharing the above image(s) on Pinterest
- Following me on Pinterest
- Like Lamplighter Ministries on Facebook (One of my absolute favorite book publishing companies EVER! Go check out some of their books!)
- Like Infinity Designs on Facebook
and
- Leave a blog post comment down below with book favorites, literary oddities, favorite book characters etc (If you choose this option, you MUST enter one comment for every giveaway you enter!)

Please SHARE and ENTER my giveaway(s)! I wouldn't want you to miss out on winning some fantastic books!

While you're at it, be sure to:

- Check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, (Week 4 was cancelled), Week 5Week 6, and Week 7 of my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaway
- Comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, literary muses, story tidbits, and other bookish fun!
- Head on over to my Guest Book and say hello! I'd love to meet you!
- Check out my Book List for my Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013. And join along on the challenge, if you like!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Books Away!
All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography





Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Challenge & Giveaway - Week 7


So it seems like forever ago that I started this 2013 Book Challenge & Giveaway. Since it's been so long, I thought I'd post the original introduction I wrote for this series (just so we're all on the same page):
Well y'all, I've taken on a challenge. I'm going to read ONE BOOK A WEEK (12 books total) until the the New Year. Now it may not sound like anything super spectacular, but wait till you hear all the rules.
Coupled with school and work, reading a book a week is a hefty responsibility. And not just any old book, I am going to read a historical book (no fiction whatsoever) of 200+ pages every week. On top of that, I am going to be working part-time and being a student full-time. It's a jolly challenge I am excited to take on! And furthermore, I'd love to have you JOIN ME!
But that's not all. I will also be HOSTING A GIVEAWAY at the beginning of each week. 
The GIVEAWAY will take place at the beginning of each week, and will last for two weeks (giving you all enough time to enter). The giveaway will be a book of my choosing (one of my favorite books), plus some little goodies such as hot chocolate or tea (what with the autumn and winter months approaching), handmade book marks, and other bookish oddities. I will also be posting a blog post of some of my favorite quotes from the book I am giving away each respective week. Now there is the catch! In order for the giveaway to work (and for someone to win it), at least 8 people have to take part in it (meaning: Tell ALL your friends and family about it). 

So now that we're on the same page, I want to highlight again how important it is that at least 8 people enter each giveaway. I've already not been able to give away two books (The Taming of the Shrew and Blind Man's Bluff) because I didn't have at least 8 people enter those giveaways. That's really a bummer for me because I love giving away my favorite books. But if there simply isn't enough people entering the giveaways, there will be no package(s) filled with a book and goodies arriving at anyone's door. <That makes me sad. So please SHARE and ENTER all the giveaway(s) so that there will be some lucky winners of some fantastic books. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

do as YOU have spoken


   "And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken." -2 Samuel 7:25

This is just one of those days, again. Overwhelmed with school, work, and on top of it the weather has been rather crummy (which, by the way, does not help on ‘these’ kind of days) and I've had a jolly cold I've been trying to fight for over a week now. And although I love the cold weather, the only thing I want to do on cold, crisp days is stay in bed, drinking a cup of tea and studying or reading a good book. I can’t do that today. Work is calling my name, and school won’t let go of its hold on me. And all this just adds to the amount of worry and stress I already have.

But it is in these times that I have to remember God's promises. More specifically, I choose to remember that God loves it when we bring to Him the promises He has made to us. For "nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him and say, 'Lord, do as you have said'" (Spurgeon). 

Earlier this morning, although already running late, I stopped and spent some time with my Father. In the past 8 or so months I have been reading through Morning and Evening Devotions by Charles Spurgeon*. I went back and read a devotion from January 15th**, and it really moved my heart.

A good while ago I talked about how I sought to find Joy in my Savior. I explained how that Joy gets me through each and every day. Well, this devotion speaks of putting God's promises into circulation, for "God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as wastepaper; He intended that they should be used" (Spurgeon). How incredibly beautiful are these words, "Lord, do as You have said"? The Lord has promised. Therefore we can be assured that these promises will come true. Let us, dear reader, daily bring His promises before the Lord.
Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its sheath and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding Him of His promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to bestow favors. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God's nature to keep His promises; therefore go at once to the throne with, "Do as You have said"-Spurgeon
We bring glory to God when we plead His promises. Do you think that your sins are too great, or His holiness too holy to be poured on you? Remember His words, for He has said "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool" (Is. 1:18). 
Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, "This is a precious promise--I wonder if it be true?" but goes straight to the throne with it and pleads, "Lord, here is the promise. Do as you have said." Our Lord replies, "Be it unto you even as you will. -Spurgeon
When a Christian grasps a promise, if he does not take it to God, he dishonors Him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace and cries, "Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, You have said it," then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash His own notes (Spurgeon).

So dear reader, are you struggling with a great trial? Is there a difficulty that you just can't seem to get through? Or perhaps you're overwhelmed with the speed the world wants you to go, and you don't have a second to catch your breath? I know how you feel. I have been there, and frankly I am still there. But as a weary traveler like you, I encourage you to remember the blessed promises of the Lord. And to bring "His promises [into] circulation", pleading with Him to do as He has said. He promised, dear child. Will He not do as He has said? 

Simply go before the throne of God, right now, and bring to Him the promises He has made to you, His child. For you are His precious one, and He loves you.

Sincerely,
footnotes & copyright:
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand and Charles Spurgeon
*Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon; A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Revised and updated by Alistair Begg. 
**If you would like to see the entire text of Charles Spurgeon's January 15th Morning Devotion, just send me an email and I'll send it along to you!
All Images © 2012 Charity Klicka Photography

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 6


My word, can you believe FOUR giveaways have already come and gone, and there is still 7 left (including this one)! Man I am stoked, and I'm the one giving not getting. Simply put, I love to give things away. Specifically, I love giving away books. And more specifically, I love giving away some of my favorite books! So I love it if y'all would enter and share my giveaways. It would make me jolly happy.


 I hope you've enjoyed, and were able to participate in  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, (Week 4 was cancelled) and Week 5  of my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaway. Do please spread the WORD about my giveaways because I need at least 8 people to enter the giveaway in order for it to work! 

I'd also love to have you comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, literary muses, story tidbits, and other bookish fun! 

And of course I'd love to meet you! So head on over to my Guest Book and say hello!

PLUS: I am now accepting ideas for the last couple of book giveaways! Is there a book you'd like me to give away? One of your favorites, or perhaps a book you'd like to read yourself? Either participate in one (or both) of the polls to the right side of my blog, or comment with your book recommendations for my giveaways!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 11 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.


The BOOK I am reading this week is:

 Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America | by Gary Wills


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Recommendations for Giveaways!

 

I would love to hear if you all have any recommendations for books you'd like me to give away for my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaways! I'd also like some general feedback from you all on how this is working, so feel free to comment below with suggestions and comments. 

In the meantime, grab a cup of cocoa (tea or coffee) and snuggle down with a good book!

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 5


 Well y'all, THREE book giveaways have already come and gone, and there is still 8 left (including this one).

 I hope you've enjoyed, and were able to participate, in both Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 of my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaway. Please continue to spread the word about my giveaways and my book challenge because I need at least 8 people to enter the giveaway in order for it to work! I'd also love to have you comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, and other bookish fun! 

And of course I'd love to meet you! So head on over to my Guest Book and say hello!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 11 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.



The BOOK I am reading this week is:





Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 4 - CANCELED!


I know you all might be sorely confused about last week's giveaway and book challenge...simply because there wasn't one.

I didn't do a book #giveaway or read a book for my book challenge last week because of Elections (in Va) and obligations. I was campaigning the Monday-Tuesday of last week (4-5), and then the rest of the week (6-10) I had guests over and they deserved my complete attention. And so, I decided to skip JUST one week of the book challenge and giveaway.

But I am starting up the regular schedule this week, and will have a blog post up TODAY! So stay tuned!

And I've love to have some feedback from you all, so I've put up a few polls on my blog to know what is and isn't working with these challenge(s)/giveaway(s).


Also I'd love to meet new people, so head on over to me guest book and say hello. :)

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 3


Hello dear readers! I hope you've enjoyed, and were able to participate, in both Week 1 and Week 2 of my Book Challenge and Giveaway. Please continue to spread the word about my giveaways and my book challenge, as well as comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, and other bookish fun! 

Also, I'd also love to meet you who are new to my blog, so please leave a little comment on my guestbook (and you can be sure I will return the gesture)!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 12 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.


The BOOK I am reading this week is:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Favorite Quotes from The Taming of the Shrew



Here are a few of my favorite quotes from The Taming of the Shrew to get you excited about the Week 2 of my Book Challenge & Giveaway!


One of the aspects I like so much about The Taming of the Shrew is all the witty banter, puns, and play-on-words. There is an abundance of it in the text, and I enjoy deciphering from the puns play-on-words. And the witty banter is just enjoyable to read. This novella will certainty extend your knowledge of vocabulary, your love (or like) of Shakespearian works, and will instill in you a desire for comedic, witty writings (at least it did for me). 

There are, however, many adapted versions of the The Taming of the Shrew that I do not like nor agree with. I only like the original novella by Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew. However, on a side note, the movie of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor (Kate) and her husband Tim Burton (Petruchio) was a good adaption of the book, and didn't exaggerate the sexuality or lewd humor (that can be easily exaggerated) from the book.

"He kills her in her own humor." 
-Peter, Servant to Petruchio

"For I am he am born to tame you, Kate; and bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate conformable as other household Kates.
-Petruchio


(L to R): The Taming of the Shrew the movie, an illustration of The Taming of the Shrew.

"Say she rail; why, I'll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
Say that she frown; I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew.
Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,

and say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
-Petruchio


"Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance commits his body
To painful labour both by sea and land,
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe,
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience,
Too little payment for so great a debt.
. . .
My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
My heart as great, my reason haply more,
To bandy word for word and frown for frown;
But now I see our lances are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
And place your hands below your husband’s foot,
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
"
            -Kate, (V.ii.140–183)

"What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
"
Petruchio
(after Katherine does not get the cap and gown she was looking forward to, Petruchio reminds her that outward appearance is not everything)

"Why, there's a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate."
-Petruchio, said after the speech above by Kate

Have you read The Taming of the Shrew before? What are some of your favorite quotes?

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, October 21, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 2


Hello dear readers! I hope you've enjoyed Week 1 of my Book Challenge and Giveaway. Here's to another week!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 12 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.


You should totally be just as, if not more, excited about this giveaway as the one last week. And just think, there is still 10 MORE GIVEAWAYS to go!


The BOOK I am reading this week is:

 Calvin Coolidge | by David Greenberg


Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013


Book List for
Footprints in the Sand's Book Challenge (& Giveaway) 2013
  1. WEEK 1: The End of Barbary Terror: America's 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa by Frederick C. Leiner | GIVEAWAY: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
  2. WEEK 2: Calvin Coolidge by David Greenberg | GIVEAWAY: The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  3. WEEK 3: Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History by Michael Fry  | GIVEAWAY: Redwall by Brian Jacques
  4. WEEK 4: Darwin, Then and Now: The Most Amazing Story in the History of Science by Richard William Nelson (I skipped this week because I was extremely busy, read more here).
  5. WEEK 5: Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag | GIVEAWAY: Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag
  6. WEEK 6: Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills | GIVEAWAY: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  7. WEEK 7: The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce by John Piper | GIVEAWAY: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. WEEK 8The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775 by William Hallahan | GIVEAWAY:  Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  9. WEEK 9Spies of the Revolution by Katherine & John Bakeless | GIVEAWAY: Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag
  10. WEEK 10Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69 by Stephen E. Ambrose GIVEAWAY: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  11. WEEK 11Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer | GIVEAWAY: Half Moon by Eoin Colfer
  12. WEEK 121776 by David McCullough | GIVEAWAY: The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton << One of my absolute FAVORITES!
Check out all the information and details (as well as giveaway goodies) for the Book Challenge here. The gist of the challenge (if you are new to it) is that I am reading a history book every week from the third week in October to the last week of December/beginning of January. Along with reading a book every week until the New Year, I am also hosting a giveaway of one of my favorite books (and other goodies) every week, but all the giveaways will be posted on ONE blog post (but won't be LIVE until the respective week). So stay tuned! 

>> You can click on each Week above to find out information about that week's book and giveaway. Links will be available once I've begun the respective week.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Favorite Quotes from Wind in the Willows



In anticipation and excitement for my Book Challenge Giveaway (Week 1), I'm posting a few of my absolute favorite quotes from Wind in the Willows (the book I am giving away Week 1):
“It'll be all right, my fine fellow," said the Otter. "I'm coming along with you, and I know every path blindfold; and if there's a head that needs to be punched, you can confidently rely upon me to punch it.”  
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
 "Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!" 
"Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.
"All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.
"Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
"Onion sauce! Onion Sauce!"

This quote is from one of the most moving scenes in The Wind in the Willows. It's where Mole and Rat are looking for a lost otter child (Portly) and come across the “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” or Pan (the god and good shepherd of the animals, according to Greek mythology/religion) who is portrayed as a Christ-like figure in this scene and the One who completes their quest by drawing them to little Portly. I believe this chapter is a great description of what it means to fear God>

"Then suddenly the Mole felt a great Awe fall upon him, an awe that turned his muscles to water, bowed his head, and rooted his feet to the ground.  It was no panic terror—indeed he felt wonderfully at peace and happy—but it was an awe that smote and held him and, without seeing, he knew it could only mean that some august Presence was very, very near.  With difficulty he turned to look for his friend, and saw him at his side cowed, stricken, and trembling violently.  And still there was utter silence in the populous bird-haunted branches around them; and still the light grew and grew.
Perhaps he would never have dared to raise his eyes, but that, though the piping was now hushed, the call and the summons seemed still dominant and imperious.  He might not refuse, were Death himself waiting to strike him instantly, once he had looked with mortal eye on things rightly kept hidden.  Trembling he obeyed, and raised his humble head; and then, in that utter clearness of the imminent dawn, while Nature, flushed with fullness of incredible colour, seemed to hold her breath for the event, he looked in the very eyes of the Friend and Helper; saw the backward sweep of the curved horns, gleaming in the growing daylight; saw the stern, hooked nose between the kindly eyes that were looking down on them humourously, while the bearded mouth broke into a half smile at the corners; saw the rippling muscles on the arm that lay across the broad chest, the long supple hand still holding the pan-pipes only just fallen away from the parted lips; saw the splendid curves of the shaggy limbs disposed in majestic ease on the sward; saw, last of all, nestling between his very hooves, sleeping soundly in utter peace and contentment, the little, round, podgy, childish form of the baby otter.  All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.
 
“Rat!” he found breath to whisper, shaking. “Are you afraid?”
“Afraid?” murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love. “Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never!  And yet—and yet—O, Mole, I am afraid!”
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
Sudden and magnificent, the sun's broad golden disc showed itself over the horizon facing them; and the first rays, shooting across the level water-meadows, took the animals full in the eyes and dazzled them. When they were able to look once more, the Vision had vanished, and the air was full of the carol of birds that hailed the dawn.
"There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger's origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes.
“We shall creep out quietly into the butler's pantry--" cried the Mole."--with our pistols and swords and sticks--" shouted the Rat."--and rush in upon them," said Badger."--and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!" cried the Toad in ecstasy, running round and round the room, and jumping over the chairs.” 
— Kenneth GrahameWind in the Willows

I have many many more favorite quotes from Wind in the Willows (basically it's the entire book), and I may add some over the week, but these are some of my absolute favorites. Wind in the Willows is just one of those fantastic books that fill you with joy, sheer awe and wonder, and a sense of adventure, with inspiration to be and do. I can't quite describe it, really, but here is quote from A.A. Milne that might do a better job of describing it than I:
"One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love, and, if she does not like it, asks her to return his letters. The older man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly. The book is a test of character. We can't criticize it, because it is criticizing us. But I must give you one word of warning. When you sit down to it, don't be so ridiculous as to suppose that you are sitting in judgment on my taste, or on the art of Kenneth Grahame. You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself. You may be worthy: I don't know, But it is you who are on trial." 
    — A.A. Milne

What are some of your favorite quotes from Wind in the Willows?

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography